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Rings of Power by Mike Gillette Cool new book from Mike Gillette about Ring Training for all fitness levels. Being on this shoot with Mike was like working with a real live action hero! (And I got to put a cinderblock on him too!) Mike knows his stuff and shares everything you need to know for his versatile go-anywhere ring training.  Full progressions of every exercise, workout plans, and all the know-how to take the training as far as you wish. Good stuff, and yes, that's me on the left side of the cover  :)

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Revisiting a Kettlebell and Bodyweight workout: Intermediate-Advanced level AND what's inside a Skulpt AIM!

Intermediate-advanced kettlebell and bodyweight workout Feb 2018

It happened again - I wrote a workout for an advanced/intermediate-advanced client then really really wanted to do a version of it myself.  Upped the weights here and there, but kept the rep ranges pretty much the same. Slight modification to work around the old school Pavel pull-up program I dusted off for the season (more about that in a few more weeks time when I will have news to report.)

Before beginning the actual workout, I did an abbreviated set of joint mobility exercises before beginning the assigned sets of pull-ups for the day (which were alternated with small chores) That particular day's assignment was 9,8,7,7,6 dead hang pull-ups, "tactical" grip of course (no thumbs) and on the Dragon Door pull-up bar with its gnarly thick bar. Humbling if you've got smaller hands.

Cruise Control Kettlebell Swing Workout Inspired by Dan John

Cruise Control Kettlebell Workout

Before we get into it, please be sure to check out my recent interview with original Battling Ropes System creator, John Brookfield! I was surprised at more than a few of his answers - and am that much more psyched to attend the upcoming Battling Ropes Instructor Certification workshop!

OK! So, once again I revisited a favorite Dan John article to read up on a particular pattern. While Dan had already made several variations of this workout pattern in his article and even more so in his book, The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge (recommended). The original version is 10 swings, 1 goblet squat, 15 swings, 2 goblet squats, 25 swings, 3 goblet squats, 50 swings, rest.

Don't get me wrong, I like the original version a whole lot. I use it and enjoy it.

Two Quick Weekday Workouts for Kettlebells and More!

Short on Time Kettlebell Workouts

This past week was crazy busy, but now that I've got a little bit of time, there's two quick workouts to share!  One was indoors, the other outdoors, but both were fun in their own way and combined strength elements with a little bit of HIIT too. I've continued to enjoy using the fan bike for 8 all out sets of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest at the end of workouts. More about that near the end of this previous post.

For the first short workout, I'd been meaning to spend more "quality time" with a pair of 20kg kettlebells, so the workout is essentially centered around them. I find that getting in a fair amount of reps of standard presses with a 20kg kettlebell seems to really help my 24kg press and beyond. I need to get back into pressing the 28kg to be honest... I haven't tried in a while but I'm sure it's still fairly close if it isn't already there at least for one on a good day.

So, after a joint mobility warmup (very similar to the one included in my little eBook of random workouts I led in NYC last year) I continued the warm up with a bodyweight get-up on each side immediately followed with a single 20kg kettlebell get-up on each side. Get-ups are not only awesome to include in workouts, but I like to add a couple as part of a warm-up to "get everything working together" for lack of a better term.

Kettlebell Double Trouble Combo Two Ways

Kettlebell Combo Workout - TWO WAYS!

Once again, I wrote a workout for an intermediate client, then felt the need to write a version of it specific to my own needs. I'll present both of them to you here. I can't get over how much fun it is to train outside with kettlebells and rocks.* While I ended up doing my version of the workout indoors (it's been getting dark so early... and it's easy to lose the kettlebells on the ground out there and create tripping hazards), this particular client was lucky enough to be able to schedule the session during the few hours of daytime that work for both of us.  You'll see that we're working on different things as expected.

Another Challenging Element to Try with Neuro-Grips, and Two Workouts

Until today, it hadn't occured to me that I'd always used the same grip with my Neuro-Grips... even at the Neuro-Grip Challenge book photoshoot... It's always been with the stem of the grip between my middle finger and ring finger. (Upper left in the photo below.)

Alternative Neuro-Grip grip positions from GiryaGirl.com

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